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Aboriginal women and the vote
Aboriginal men living in South Australia had the right to vote since the passing of the South Australian Constitution in 1856.
While the right to vote was extended to South Australian Aboriginal women and men in 1894, they were often not informed of this right or encouraged to enrol to vote. In some cases, Aboriginal people were actively discouraged from enrolling or voting.
The 1902 Commonwealth Franchise Act removed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s right to vote in Federal elections. While this was reinstated in 1962 through the Commonwealth Electoral Act, it was not until 1967 that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were recognised as Australian citizens and given full citizenship rights.
It is important that we acknowledge the hurt, shame and disrespect of this disenfranchising of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the ongoing racism and disempowerment they experience.
If you would like to know more about the history of voting in South Australia visit https://www.aec.gov.au/indigenous/milestones.htm
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that these websites may contain images or names of people who have passed away.
Here are some other useful links with information about the history of Aboriginal people and voting: